In the wrong hands, studies like this will encourage people to launch trip-planning startups. There are two travel websites where the rationale of the crowdsourcing is clear for the contributor as all edits to these are under copyleft license (CC-BY-SA): the ad-free Wikivoyage operated by Wikimedia Foundation and Wikitravel by a for-profit entity.
But while there may be less legwork involved, the Internet has created a new problem: With countless sites and online services out there, it’s hard to know which ones are actually worth your time ‘” which may explain why the average traveler visits a whopping 38 websites before actually booking a trip.
This, in turn, requires new travel services like Gogobot to serve up dynamically generated pages with personal recommendations derived from individual preferences gleaned either from past behavior on a site, similar travelers or from a social graph.
This means when someone in your social graph …